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INFINI™ Skin Tightening

If you were to write a love note to yourself, what would it say? We tend to be really good at pointing out our flaws, but instead, how about focusing on what you can do about them. Like a bit of maintenance to help you love your body again and be pleased with yourself. At Art of SKIN, we can turn that love note into a love book.

Our board-certified dermatologists believe that the best treatments are the ones that stimulate your skin to heal itself. That’s why we are excited to offer INFINI, a remarkable skin smoothing and tightening treatment at our Miami office. It combines the benefits of radiofrequency (RF) energy and micro needling to activate collagen production and contraction, restoring more youthful skin from within.

One Single Procedure, Multiple Benefits

The INFINI device is the RF skin tightening technology many have been waiting for. It utilizes microneedles to deliver RF energy with a precision that has been unattainable until now, for superior collagen remodeling, stimulation, and contraction. What does that mean for you?

With less downtime, reduced discomfort, and fewer treatments, INFINI can improve:

  • Sagging skin along the jawline
  • Acne scars or pockmarks on the cheeks or forehead
  • Fine lines or laxity in the neck

INFINI delivers pulses of high-intensity RF energy to precise depths through very fine, gold-coated microneedles. The needles create tiny channels, allowing the heat energy to bypass the outer layer of skin. This enables us to heat the deeper levels to the higher temperatures required for optimal collagen contraction, without injury to the surface skin. Therefore INFINI can be used to treat all skin types.

As an added benefit, the penetration of the needles has also been shown to mechanically stimulate collagen production. INFINI is different from many other skin tightening devices because it allows the practitioner to choose a precise depth and intensity of energy delivery, creating customized results for each patient.

Your Treatment

First, we will clean your face, then apply a topical anesthetic. Dr. Lubitz (a board-certified dermatologist) then applies the INFINI handpiece to your skin over the areas to be treated. The microneedles penetrate your skin using INFINI’s ComfortFlow™ technology, delivering quick bursts of RF energy, each lasting only a fraction of a second.

Most INFINI procedures take about 30 minutes. After treatment, redness is common but is easily covered with makeup or tinted sunscreen. Results emerge gradually as collagen contracts and regenerate; your doctor will discuss this in more detail during your consultation.

INFINI Radiofrequency

INFINI Radiofrequency is a minimally invasive treatment that can improve sagging skin, wrinkles as well as various skin texture issues, such as scarring and large pores. A handheld device with microneedles is pressed against the skin, sending radiofrequency energy to multiple layers below the surface. The combination of micro needling and radiofrequency stimulates the body’s natural collagen and healing processes, without the downtime of more invasive procedures.

As opposed to other radiofrequency platforms that treat the skin from the outside in, INFINI uses single-use gold-plated microneedles to deliver energy directly to the dermis, therefore, stimulating collagen growth and tissue tightening. This unique and innovative technology protects the top layer of the skin, allowing treatments on all skin types, even tanned skin.

As with traditional micro needling and resurfacing treatments, you can combine PRP (platelet-rich plasma) with your treatment. PRP releases growth factors into the skin to help accelerate the body’s own repair process and assist with the stimulation of new collagen and elastin.

 

Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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Look Always Ready with Permanent Makeup

Tired of filling in your eyebrows with a pencil so they look fuller?

Do you have an active lifestyle wearing makeup gets in the way?

Are you a busy mom who wants one less thing to do in the morning?

Do you have mobility problems and applying makeup is tricky?

Have you considered permanent makeup? It’s a new treatment available at Art of SKIN and we are excited to educate you on how it works.

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup (also called: micro-pigmentation, derma-pigmentation, permanent cosmetics and cosmetic tattooing) is a specialized technique of cosmetic tattoo that is used to achieve a long-lasting look that mimics makeup.  The pigmentation is deposited within the upper dermal layer of the skin.

Although it is called permanent makeup, it does fade over time due to the structure of the pigment molecules changing. Touch up procedures may be necessary to maintain results over time.  Plus, individual colour tastes change over time as well, so the black liner might look better as dark brown or the dramatic red lips might look better as a softer neutral red 5 years later.

Permanent Makeup Treatment Options

Micro-blading eyebrows

This is now one of the most common forms of permanent makeup currently being performed.  A blade is used to etch pigment into the skin. Mimicking a hair strand, strokes can be etched both fine and thicker, the deeper the pigment is etched into the skin, the broader the hair stroke.

Brow-fill treatments 

Achieved by using a permanent makeup tattooing machine to fill the area in full. This is a longer treatment than Micro-blading and the pigment will last much longer as it is denser and placed deeper in the skin.

Lips

Lips can be filled, lined, straightened, rounded and even create a pout illusion.  During your lip treatment, a permanent makeup tattooing machine will be used to deposit the pigment in linear fashion deeper in the skin. At Art of SKIN we don’t allow our patients to experience unnecessary pain. Before your treatment, we can give you a full dental block so the procedure isn’t uncomfortable.

Eye Liner

Eye Liner is applied with a permanent makeup tattooing machine.  This area can also encompass lash enhancement.  Whether you are looking at wanting a lash enhancement, permanent wet/dry pigment liner, a fine line or wing-tipped liner all will save you time each morning.  The newest term in eyeliner is “En fleek” which is a well-defined line, instead of a fade or ombré look.  During the eyeliner treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin before and during the treatment.  After the treatment, you will be able to see the results immediately.

Educate yourself

We placed information on what to expect from permanent makeup on our website. <<add PERMANENT MAKEUP page link >>   At Art of SKIN we use only Health Canada Approved Pigments   We are also an approved non-hospital surgical facility, we follow strict guidelines for sterilization procedures and the restriction of cross contamination. Learn more about our practice.

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Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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How to Get Glowing Wedding Skin

Countdown tips on how to get your skin in top-notch shape before your wedding.

All eyes will be on you on your BIG day. And you want glowing skin for the walk down the aisle, but how do you achieve this? We’ve got the inside scoop from Dr. Paul Lubitz — like when to schedule facials and treatments before the ‘I dos’, as well as beauty basics.

Four to Six Months Prior

Schedule a Visit with Your Dermatologist

If you have major skin concerns like acne and uneven pigmentation, it’s best to get the situation under control well in advance. In addition, brown spots, fine lines, pores, and redness can be attended to with lasers.

You can book resurfacing treatments like Cynosure SmartSkin CO2 laser. But because it may require multiple sessions and several months to see their cumulative benefits, “you need to start as early as possible,” explains Dr. Lubitz. This is also the right time to schedule a series of derm-administered light peels or microdermabrasion on both the face and body—especially if your dress exposes the décolleté, shoulders, back, or legs.

To determine whether laser skin resurfacing with CO2 laser is a good option for you, we would be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation.

If laser isn’t your thing, we have a range of skin care products that can tackle acne and premature aging. The Obagi Nu-Derm System (when combined with prescription Tretinoin) is clinically proven to help address the signs of aging in all skin types.

In a study of the Nu-Derm System with Tretinoin, at week 24:

  • 96% of patients showed an improvement in dark spots and discoloration
  • 100% of patients reported it was “more effective” or “much more effective” than other medications they had tried
  • 96% of patients were no longer very embarrassed or very self-conscious about their skin.

Dr. Lubitz and his staff have over 15 years of experience successfully utilizing Obagi Skin Products with their patients.

“Shrink” Your Pores With Microneedling

We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can’t change the size of your pores. “The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin’s surface,” says Dr Lubitz. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. “Microneedling, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface,” Lubitz says.

Typically a series of 3 – 6 treatments is recommended depending upon your area of correction and concern. Treatments are usually spaced in 4-week intervals. Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, prominent stretch marks, and significant scarring usually require 6 or more treatments to achieve the desired results.

Three Months Prior

Schedule Professional Facials

Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You’ll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Our experienced aestheticians at Art of SKIN will massage your skin, scalp and décolleté to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy. You can also request extractions. This is when you can get all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.

Our fave at home skin care products:

  • FIFTH ELEMENT advanced cellular skin care’s Pumpkin Cleanser  It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it an ideal for reducing black heads and pimples
  • GliSODin’s Advanced Skin Brightening Formula is formulated with nutraceuticals to promote an even skin tone and a healthy complexion

Make Time for a Complexion Check-In

Book an appointment with your Art of SKIN so we can see how your skin is responding to any new prescriptions and products, says Dr. Lubitz. At this point, there is still time to tweak your regimen so you get the best results by your wedding day.

Two Months Prior

Wear SPF 50+…Even On Your Lips

This is a given but so easily overlooked to protect your skin from UV rays. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy weather, protect your face and lips. Keep in mind, it’s easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they’re already dry and cracked. We love love love (like, really love) these mineral sunscreens:

Permanent Makeup Solutions

Do your brows need filling? Do your lips need to be filled, lined, straightened, or rounded? Maybe you’d like to have eye liner applied. Save time on your wedding day with permanent makeup. Explore your options and what to expect by booking a complimentary appointment.

Art of SKIN is an approved Non-Hospital Surgical Facility, we follow strict guidelines for sterilization procedures and the restriction of cross contamination.

One Month Prior

To boost your pre-ceremony glow, have your dermatologist do a gentle exfoliation, like a light chemical peel or a gentle laser treatment, says Dr. Lubitz. Compound the effects by drinking loads of water, getting adequate sleep, exercising, and maintaining a well-balanced diet. He also cautions against trying any new products or aggressive at home treatments. Instead, stick to wearing extra sun protection, using a mild exfoliator, and applying moisturizer regularly to your face and body.

Reduce Sunspots With a Chemical Peel

Peels are designed to slough off dead skin and bring new, fresh skin to the surface. To make the most of these spa treatments, you’ll want to book a series of peels. In our practice, the most commonly used superficial peeling agent is glycolic acid (a natural product derived from sugar cane). Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used as the mid depth peeling agent, and has been safely used in medicine for over 150 years. All patients will receive a consultation prior to treatment. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a chemical peel treatment is the best treatment option in your particular case, the areas to be treated, and the degree of treatment desired to achieve the best results.

Three Weeks Prior

Shampoo Your Makeup Brushes

Every time you swipe on your blush with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy: Just suds them with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colors truer too.

One Week Prior

Make smart food choices

Cut out salt, dairy, sugar, and bread from your diet. Oh, and booze too! It is all in the name of depuffing. Book a depuffing facial “As much as you should avoid it, many brides end up trying to manage stress with wine that last week, which leads to puffiness,” says Dr. Lubitz.

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Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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Can You Afford Injectable Face and Body Fillers?

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, many of us have medicine cabinets bursting with moisturizers, serums, and cleansers. But mention the words “injections” or “non-invasive plastic surgery,” and there’s a chance the response will come in the form of a whispered confession: there’s no way I could afford that kind of treatments.

Not long ago, dermatological skin tweaks existed almost exclusively for well-heeled women who needn’t ask about prices. But times have changed. Younger women, some on the earlier side of their 20s, are certain that fillers, and Botox, is actually more cost-effective in the long run. Keep in mind, Art of SKIN has payment plans available.

Volume RestorationWe all know that over time, skin loses volume and facial contours may sag.  Exposure to sun and years of muscle movement (squinting, chewing, smiling) contribute to tissue breakdown of the skin. Aging is not-kind to our skin. To combat this, we use many different volumetric or dermal fillers of the Hyaluronic class. (BTW Hyaluronic acid is a natural filler substance in your body).

Facial fillers are temporary to long-lasting solutions administered through a few tiny facial injections on specific areas of the face.

Dr. Lubitz, a licensed and experienced dermatologist, personally performs all dermal filler injections. He’s been doing this 15+ years and is recognized as a national expert and leader in the field of volumetric filling, enhancement, and facial rejuvenation.

The average length of filler injections is about 10 to 20 minutes per session, depending on the individual and the number of areas being treated. Dermal filler injections require very minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to work and their normal activities directly following treatment.

In general, the results from most injectable fillers are temporary; commonly lasting from a few months to about a year. This depends on the type of facial fillers or filler injections used. For optimal results, additional treatment sessions are encouraged.

Before long, you’ll see a return of your youthful appearance with less fine lines and sagging skin. Perfect for high-school or family reunions, and even weddings. Say yaaaaas!

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Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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SculpSure: The Secret To An Amazing Body

All the exercise in the world will not shrink loose abdominal skin. In many cases, such skin has lost its elasticity, has stretch marks and physically cannot snap back. Okay, the “Debbie Downer” moment is over. We are here to tell you that there is a solution and it’s called SculpSure!

This new light-based body contouring treatment uses laser-based technology to selectively target and destroy fat cells without affecting the skin’s surface, requiring no surgery or downtime.

When you at Art of SKIN and in 25 minutes, with no sedation and no needles, you’ll experience this procedure and then go right back to your normal routine. Easy, right?

With results that can be seen in as quickly as six weeks, it’s no wonder that this non-surgical fat-reduction procedure is increasing in popularity.

But how is it that easy? Here’s how:

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure is the first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive melting of fat (lipolysis).  SculpSure uses a sapphire laser diode to create a wavelength (1064nm) that penetrates through the skin, without causing damage to the skin. This is infrared light is the same light that heats the earth’s air.  This specific wavelength passes through the skin layers (epidermis and dermis) and heats the fat in the same way infrared light passes into your car without damaging the glass while creating heat inside the car.  Once the fat hits about 112F (45C), it breaks down. The fat cells that are damaged during the treatment are cleared away by your lymphatic system, the same way your body heals itself from a cut or bruise, and are eliminated as waste over time.  Macrophages, a type of cell that responds to injury, reach the site at about 4 weeks and digests the dead fat cells. Between 12-24 weeks, fibroblasts arrive and lay down new collagen, which explains the skin tightening effect. So, unlike older generation treatments that shrunk fat cells, these fat cells are dead and gone permanently.

Watch Catherine demonstrate a SculpSure treatment:

 

Is it safe?

This technology has been around since 1960 when the first visible light laser was created. Laser diodes are used in optical fiber Christmas trees, compact disc (CD) players, laser printers, remote-control devices, intrusion detection systems, etc.  The same laser technology is used to provide aesthetic services such as laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, photo facials, tattoo removal, and now SculpSure.

So, whether you’ve had a baby, lost weight, or want to complement your fitness routine –  we all have a reason to look and feel better about our body.

For more answers, visit our website for more Q & A.

Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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Winter Skincare Tips for Rosacea and Eczema

Art of SKINLiving with chronic skin conditions like rosacea and eczema can be tricky to manage during the cold winter months. It doesn’t help with Alberta temperature swings, cold dry air and warming up in hot ski chalets – the mix of extreme temperatures can make anyone with these skin conditions run for the hills.

The cause of these conditions is unknown. Rosacea often shows up as redness or flushing in the face and eczema as flaky patches of skin. But if you suffer from either condition, there’s hope; they can be effectively calmed and reduced with the right types of skin care.

How Winter Affect Rosacea and Eczema

Although rosacea is typically experienced year-round with additional flare-ups in winter, eczema is often experienced only in the fall and winter. This is due to the drying effects of the season. Cold winds on exposed skin can aggravate these conditions. The strong heat inside can cause dryness of the skin and aggravate symptoms for sufferers of both skin conditions.

Winter Skin Care Tips for Rosacea and Eczema:

  • Use sunscreen. Year-round.
  • Wear layers of clothing. For some people, overheating of their bodies can worsen rosacea.
  • Use scarves or a ski mask to protect your face from the cold weather. This is especially important on windy days as the wind is extremely drying on your skin.
  • Allow your beverages to cool down a little before drinking them.
  • Lower the temperature of showers and baths.
  • Take breaks from the kitchen. The heat in the kitchen can make rosacea symptoms flare.
  • Use a humidifier.

Try:  Fifth Element MD – Soothing Mask MD This cooling gel mask soothes rosacea-prone skin, and skin that has been stimulated by exfoliation or laser treatments. It also calms skin after it has been stressed by environmental conditions.

If you feel that you may be dealing with eczema, rosacea, or excessively dry skin, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us. We would be very happy to assist you and your skin survives the tough winter conditions.

Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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Smooth Those Lines With Skin Tightening

Looking for a refreshed youthful appearance with no needles or surgery? Are you searching for a skin tightening option that won’t make you look like you “had something done?”

It’s not fair that as we age, collagen production slows down causing our skin to lose laxity and firmness. Okay, the scientific talk is over, time to focus on smoothing out those wrinkles, fine lines around the eyes, smile lines, frown lines on your forehead, crow’s feet, and other bothersome creases.

Snap your fingers, Pellevé to the rescue.

What is Pellevé?

Pellevé is a safe and effective option that is a series of treatments to boost the collagen rebuilding process. “The Pellevé treatment is a great non-invasive, virtually painless way to revitalize the skin, and can be customized based on the patients’ needs from a full-face treatment to targeting smaller areas, such as crow’s feet,” stated Dr. Paul Lubitz. Unlike other radiofrequency devices, this is done in a very gradual and gentle manner.

How does it work?

The Pellevé system uses radiofrequency technology to gently warm the skin deep beneath the surface, which over time, stimulates the body’s natural production of new collagen. It uses a wavelength that is similar to marine radio and focuses it into the skin. Even 30, 60, 90 days after treatment your body is still working to naturally grow new collagen. This is because Pellevé triggers your body’s natural reaction to rebuild collagen weeks after the procedure, that is why a series of treatments will give you optimal results!

What does treatment involve?

The treatment is very comfortable and no pain is experienced by the patient. This is one of the key advantages of this treatment. Most people actually find it relaxing and enjoyable.

Photo: COURTESY OF S. BENTKOVER MD (after 4 treatments)

What to expect after your treatment

There is usually immediate skin tightening post-treatment. They call this the “instant glow.” Patients have reported that it feels similar to a relaxing hot stone massage. You might have slight redness after the procedure which is caused by your skin’s elevated temperatures during the treatment and will subside soon afterward. You will be able to return to your normal day-to-day activities immediately after your treatment.

Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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Hair-free Carefree. About Laser Hair Reduction

For people who are tired of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal has become the preferred option—and a practical solution.

Laser hair removal is a popular permanent hair removal option that destroys the hair follicle to reduce hair growth.

You can get it done anywhere on the body, our devices can cover large places fast. Legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach, face…There is no limit to the places you can get laser hair removal.

  • Lasers are precise, and can selectively target the hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat an area with each pulse instead of one follicle at a time like electrolysis.
  • Laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair colour.

When it comes to pain level, we make every effort to make the procedure as pain-free as possible, we have the benefit of using air cooling during the treatment. This allows us to cool the skin before, during and after each pulse.  Any discomfort will progressively be less painful as treatments continue and the hair becomes finer.

The average number of visits necessary to see permanent hair reduction is four to six—but some people respond well in two sessions, and others need a dozen. There’s also a rest period in between sessions depending on the hair growth cycles, so now is a good time to book a consult to be ready in time for this summer.

At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser, and Cosmetic Surgery, we use a variety of state-of-the-art laser and light energy devices for hair reduction, so you’ll be treated with the safest, most effective one for your skin color and hair type.

Make an appointment for a consultation. During your visit, we will assess your skin type and suitability for hair removal treatment and design the best permanent hair removal plan for you.

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Catherine LubitzCatherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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The Difference Between Mineral and Chemical Sunscreens

Art of SKIN sunscreen

Lining the shelves are dozens of products for sunscreen and sunblock, not to mention the ongoing debate on the safety of using mineral vs chemical sunscreens. Confused? Not to worry, we’ve done our homework and have broken down the difference between these sunscreens, what we found may shock you.

Chemical Sunscreens (nano-sized minerals)

Commonly these are spray-on sunscreens, they absorb the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Note the word “absorb”, there are concerns that nanoparticles in these sunscreens are so small they can be absorbed into the skin.  This is an issue because they are no longer on the surface of the skin to protect you and now you have mineral deposits in your body that you may not be able to excrete.  Chemical sunscreens use only non-mineral, or chemical, active ingredients such as oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, and octisalate.

The Problem with Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens have been found to accumulate in body fat and breast milk, and have even been linked to such hormonal disruptions as early onset puberty, low sperm count, and breast cancer, as well as allergic reactions.

Sunscreens analyzed by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) says chemical sunscreens can penetrate the bloodstream and present health hazards. The EWG recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone.

It has also been shown that some chemical sunscreens oxidize under the sun, which could lead to premature aging. Studies have shown that it can endanger coral reefs.

Mineral Sunscreens (micronized minerals)

The term ‘chemical-free sunscreens’ list the minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as their only active ingredients. These minerals create a physical barrier on the skin, blocking both UVA rays (those that cause wrinkles and skin cancer) and UVB rays (those responsible for sunburn). They are a white chalky hue, think of the white-nosed lifeguard, and are commonly available as a lotion.

Mineral active ingredients don’t break down as readily in the sun, offering greater protection for longer. It’s also worth noting that organic sunscreens are mineral- just with an organic cream base.

Generally speaking, naturally, derived ingredients used in mineral sunscreens are gentler on the skin than chemicals.

A study released in January of 2017 from the Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) also concluded the zinc does not get absorbed beyond the surface of the skin or the outer dead layer of the skin. A report from the German Federal Health Institute concluded zinc stayed on the skin’s surface as was not absorbed.

Spray-on Sunscreen

Spraying on sunblock may be a convenient way to protect you from the sun, but experts warn that inhaling the chemicals could trigger allergies, asthma and other concerns. They also make it difficult for users to tell how much they’ve applied and if they’ve missed a spot.

Spray on sunscreen also has nanoparticles. What are they? A nanoparticle is a piece of material that is so small it has to be measured in nanometers.

Some people are more willing to use mineral sunscreens to avoid a white tint on their skin. However, it’s best to avoid titanium dioxide (found in mineral sunscreen) in powder or spray form; the EWG claims it’s linked to toxicity when inhaled.  In short, invisible or sheer sunscreens are the ones we recommend staying away from. And since labeling regulations of nanoparticles don’t exist yet, ask manufacturers directly about their policies.

In Conclusion

Mineral sunscreens are more popular than ever. They are effective the moment they are applied, unlike chemical sunscreens which require approximately 30 minutes to become effective after application.

How much to apply? Canadian Cancer Society says the average adult needs about 2 or 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover their body and a teaspoon to cover their face and neck.

Find these mineral-based sunscreens at Art of SKIN:

 

Catherine Lubitz

Catherine Lubitz, Owner & Operations Manager at Art of SKIN

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in the skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

 

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Dr. Paul Lubitz: Remember Melanoma Awareness Starts with “Me”

Art of Skin’s Dr. Paul Lubitz On What to Know About Chronic Sun Damage

As most of us know, young, healthy-looking skin is something that’s almost universally admired and desired. Unfortunately, long-term exposure to the sun can significantly lesson our chances of maintaining the appearance of clear, and healthy skin.

For many of us, especially those who enjoy exercising outdoors, some degree of sun exposure is a reality. However, that does not mean that we shouldn’t be aware of the effects of excessive sun damage on our skin or what can happen to our skin if we do not take steps to regularly protect it from sun exposure.

The reality is that significant long-term sun exposure causes premature aging and deterioration of the skin, the development of precancerous and skin cancer lesions and other consequences to one’s skin health and appearance. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, as for example when one goes tanning or sunbathing, is the most significant reason for premature aging of skin.

Long-term exposure to UV light is responsible for dramatic changes in the texture and composition of one’s skin by contributing to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. For example, UV light exposure can in some cases cause dramatic thickening of the skin and the production of course wrinkles and a cobblestone appearance in some areas of the body such as the back and sides of the neck, forehead, upper lip and chin.

As many of us are well aware, sun exposure and UV light can also cause various color changes to our skin. Sun exposure can lead to the appearance of small blood vessels, called telangiectasias, in addition to various degrees of diffuse redness that are most often seen on one’s face, neck and upper chest. Long-term sun exposure can also yield changes to various types of pigmented (brown) spots such as moles, diffuse brown colour (melasma), freckles (known as ephelides), keratoses and liver or age spots, as well as solar lentigos.

The most serious medical consequence of significant chronic sun damage is the development of various forms of skin cancer, such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which can result in serious consequences requiring potentially disfiguring surgery and even death.

These consequences to sun exposure are what people want to avoid.

Clearly, the effects that chronic sun damage have to one’s appearance is not a good or desired thing. However, Dr. Paul Lubitz, a Canadian dermatologist that specializes in skin cancer prevention and treatment, with over two decades of experience and who currently practices in Canmore, is quick to point out that skin cancer concerns trump everything else.

“In Canmore, where I practice, we are at a higher elevation, which means greater UV radiation, and because of that, Canmore (and Bow Valley) residents need to be particularly mindful of sun damage and the fact that it can lead to increased skin cancer. Add to this is the added risk which comes with the very outdoors oriented lifestyle that is prevalent in the mountain communities such as the Bow Valley where I live or Boulder, Colorado in the USA. These two factors can increase the risk for sun damage and skin cancer significantly. But, regardless of elevation, everyone should take steps to regularly to protect themselves from the sun and UV rays by, for example, regularly wearing an adequate level of sunscreen, sun protective clothing, hats and sunglasses.”

With that caveat in mind, technological advancements in dermatology and a greater understanding of skin physiology and disease have allowed dermatologists, as accredited skin specialists to be ideally trained to effectively treat the various effects and degrees of chronic sun damage, both medically ie skin cancer, and cosmetically ie redness, brown spots and wrinkles.

With that in mind, Dr. Paul Lubitz opened in September 2014 a new and advanced dermatology and dermasurgery clinic called Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Canmore, Canada.

Part of the inspiration for the opening of Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery was to bring the latest technology, clinical expertise and advanced treatment options to Canmore and region residents for the treatment of chronic sun damage and skin cancer.

One of the greatest areas of technological advancement for the treatment of chronic sun damage is in the field of lasers, machines that use light energy to specifically and safely remove particular target substances such as hemoglobin in blood vessels, pigment in different types of brown lesions, and even damaged tissue in wrinkles.

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery provides a variety of treatment options for improving the effects of chronic sun damage using a wide range of lasers, including the Icon IPL, the Elite MPX IPL, the long pulse YAG (1064 nm), and the Alexandrite (755nm) to name a few. Several of these are lasers that can be used individually or in what’s called a multiplexed or MPX mode, a technological breakthrough that offers synchronous treatment using two different light sources or wave lengths simultaneously for greater results.

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery also offers the new SmartSkin Fractionated CO2 laser which incorporates advanced fractionated technology allowing improved treatment results, less unwanted side-effects and less downtime as compared to conventional and older Co2 lasers, for the removal of many types of benign skin lesions, for wrinkle reduction, improving unsightly scars and skin resurfacing.

Precancerous lesions can now be effectively removed by a variety of methods including conventional cryotherapy, by the application of several topical (applied as a cream) medications that cause the patient’s own immune system to destroy the precancerous cells, as well as by photodynamic therapy and TCA chemical peels. Even some skin cancers can now in some cases be treated by topical medications however the gold standard in most cases still remains surgical excision. All of these very successful treatment options are now available under the direct care of Dr. Lubitz at his new Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Canmore.

However, in the end, even though technology is advancing in the area of treating chronic sun damaged skin, people need to remain vigilant about proper skin care throughout their lives. The more prevention we can incorporate into our daily lives, and ideally starting early in life, the less correction we will have to be faced with later on. And with the level of UV light and radiation only increasing, people should be constantly aware of the negative consequences of prolonged sun exposure and should regularly take steps to protect their skin from the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure.

One last important point to mention is that people that are concerned about their skin and health of their skin definitely benefit from routine skin examinations by an accredited dermatologist in addition to regular self, skin exams. A dermatologist is specifically trained in all aspects of skin disease and not only can effectively examine your skin for dangerous and potentially life-threatening lesions and provide important treatment options, but they can also provide valuable education for the patient on ways to better take care of their skin in addition to teaching the patient about what they should look for when examining their own skin.